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The History of Edgar County, Illinois

Chicago: Wm. Le Baron, Jr. & Co., 186 Dearborn Street 1879




Sims Township, p.671

J. G. LYCAN, farmer and stockraiser; Sec. 19; P.O. Paris; is a native of Morgan Co., Ky.; his father being a native of North Carolina; Mr. L. was born April 4, 1827; lived at his birthplace until about 4 years old, his parents then moving to Edgar Co.; during his boyhood, he had but little chance of getting an education, but by home study and close observation he succeeded in gaining a good common-school education; began business for himself at the age of 22, at farming; has always followed this business. Was married Dec. 14, 1849, to Miss Angelina Downs, of Culpepper Co., Va.; they have a family of six children -- Susan F., Riley S., Serena C., Anderson A., William H. and Albert E.  At the time of beginning business for himself, Mr. L. had but little assistance, but by hard work, economy, and good management he now has 160 acres of well-improved land in Crawford Co., Ill,, 2,500 acres in Texas and his home farm of 131 acres, which is well improved with good buildings and all modern conveniences. Mr. Lycan is one of the old pioneers, is well known and respected by many friends.


Submitted by Minga (Buckle) Stivers.